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  • Macron insists on continued dialogue with Putin

    French President Emmanuel Macron defended his decision to continue dialogue with Russian Vladimir Putin, before and after Russia's invasion of Ukraine. In an interview published by the French newspaper Le Parisien, Macron spoke about his "thankless role" in maintaining a dialogue with the Kremlin.

    Macron noted that he spent "hours" in conversations with Putin and "every discussion takes place under an aura of cynicism, and this never gives pleasure." At the same time, he stressed that he …

  • France freezes Russian Central Bank’s assets

    As part of the sanctions imposed against Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, the French authorities have frozen 22 billion euros of the Russian Central Bank, as well as the accounts and real estate of individuals who fell under the sanctions, said on the air of the radio station RTL the French Minister of Economy and Finance, Bruno Le Maire.

    According to him, real estate belonging to about 30 Russian oligarchs with a total value of half a billion euros has been seized.

    Earlier, the Dutch …

  • Kremlin: Macron refused to take PCR test before meeting with Putin

    French President Emmanuel Macron refused to take a PCR test before talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, said the Russian presidential speaker Dmitry Peskov.

    "Probably, it is necessary to clarify, because it causes great interest. Indeed, in some situations, Putin communicates with his guests directly, very close, sitting in front of the fireplace in the representative office. They shake hands and so on, and with other negotiations take place at the table," Peskov said at a press …

  • French intelligence: Russia has 3 scenarios for invading Ukraine

    French intelligence believes that Moscow is developing several scenarios for military aggression against Ukraine: from the seizure of the entire Donbas to the occupation of cities in the South of Ukraine.

    The French news agency Europe1, referring to the French intelligence, said that Putin is still planning to invade Ukraine. At the same time, the Russian president understands the balance of power is "very tense."

    According to Europe1, Putin will decide the future fate of Ukraine based on the …

  • Macron calls Putin ahead of his visit to Ukraine

    French President Emmanuel Macron and Russian President Vladimir Putin held a telephone conversation. One of the topics of the conversation was the situation around Ukraine.

    According to the Kremlin’s press service, the conversation took place at the initiative of the French side.

    The Kremlin's press service reports that Putin complained to the French president about the alleged violation of the Minsk agreements by Ukraine. The Russian president claims that Kyiv is exacerbating the situation …

  • Russian Foreign Ministry publishes confidential correspondence with Germany and France

    The Foreign Russian Ministry has published diplomatic correspondence of Russian Foreign  Minister Sergey Lavrov with the foreign ministers of France and Germany Jean-Yves Le Drian and Heiko Maas.

    The letters of Lavrov and the German and French ministers are posted openly on the website of the Russian Foreign Ministry.

    The Russian Foreign Ministry explained such a step by the fact that the position of the Russian side and its approach to  the Normandy format meetings is allegedly regularly …

  • France and Germany warn Russia against new aggression against Ukraine

    Foreign Ministers of France and Germany Jean-Yves Le Drian and Heiko Maas signed a joint statement following the meeting with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba. In the document, the Foreign Ministers said Russia would face "serious consequences" if it continues attempts to undermine territorial integrity of Ukraine.

    In the joint statement, Germany and France "reaffirmed their firm support for the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine."

    Both ministers called on …

  • France urges EU countries not to recognize Russian COVID vaccine

    Paris believes that the European Union countries should not recognize COVID-19 vaccines created in China and Russia, said the Secretary of State for European affairs in the French government, Clément Beaune, speaking on the air of the TV channel France 2.

    He pointed out that the list of vaccines, which will allow travelers to enter France, should be limited to those vaccines, in the effectiveness of which the French authorities are confident. So far, only four vaccines have been recognized in …

  • France hopes Russia won't interfere in forthcoming presidential elections

    The French leadership hopes that Russia will not interfere in the presidential elections in 2022 but Paris is under no illusions about the practices of hacking and information attacks that Russia uses against other countries, said in an interview with Pierre Person, a member of the French National Assembly and one of the closest associates of President Emmanuel Macron.

    "In 2017 and 2018, during a meeting with the Russian leadership, President Macron made it clear that such interference …

  • UK, France and Ukraine suspend all flights to and from Belarus

    The national airline of Belarus, Belavia, announced that flights to London and Paris were discontinued from 25 May to 30 October 2021. According to Belavia’s press service, this is due to "the decision of the Governments of Great Britain and France to ban Belavia flights to and from the UK and France".

    "We are saddened by the current situation, which cannot be changed. We apologise to passengers," Belavia’s statement reads. Those who bought tickets for flights in these directions will be given …